Speaking of Organs
by Dan
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DuneBuggy - "W Thing"

Imagine you're me. It's two days before Hallowe'en, and you're in the dollar store. There's a CD there of "Hallowe'en Scary Sounds". It's got a shitty graphic on it that looks like it was designed by someone who had only ever read about H ween; like "cats, witches, orange and black, now get to work". It's a dollar, and it's a whole CD worth of stuff. You buy it, right? Of course you do. But then you get home, you had a long day so you forget it's in your bag until you pull it out, you put it on, and it's even lamer than you expected. It's a crappy weak organ and some intermittent moaning, some chain rattling, something that sounds like a plate smashing into mud, which I guess is scary. It's one 48-minute track, so you leave it on and giggle every so often while you carve a deformed pumpkin. But then. THEN. Buried in there, at about the 39-minute mark, is this pulpy gorgeous gem. Played by what sounds like a band that would call themselves Frankie Stein and the Halloweeners, with the vocals sounding like they're coming from behind the bathroom door, and the organ all naked and fat and too confident. It's a beautiful party costume Kingsmen dress-up travesty, it's just my thing today. [Buy]

Hollows - "Watch Out Sally"

Imagine you're me. You're a girl, 15, with catholic overbearing parents. It's 1961, you're wearing secret make-up, and it's bowling night for all the coolest. You're not allowed out, because tomorrow is Sunday and you need to be ready for church in the morning. You pour your nightly tea down the bathroom sink, run the shower and slip out the second-story window. These are the moments. You scrape your wrist climbing down the tree, and you practically ruin your shoes from running across the field to the road. Socks dark with wet and sweating and heart racing, exploding, you meet Tim (big Tim, such a nice guy, just a friend though, he has a beard) and he drives you to bowling. You meet up with all these people who are just on the edge of being your friend and the feeling like anything could happen is the only thing you can see, it's all around you. Matt is there, he looks so handsome, he's on Tim's team, and they win the game, but you laugh and share looks. So what do you do? Remember, you're me. Well, if you're me, you stop Matt on the way to the soda counter, you touch lightly his fingers as you spin to face him, and say with all the devil in your eyes but all the saints in your voice, "I don't want to go home tonight." And you think, suddenly a scared and desperate animal, truly afraid of what will inevitably unfold from leaving the shower running and breaking the tea cup, if you don't take me, maybe Tim will. [site]

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Posted by Dan at October 30, 2009 3:19 AM

The 1961 story goes so perfectly well with the song, it's EXQUISITE!!!!!

love your blog, by the way. I found it yesterday and instantly fell in love.

Keep the gems coming!

Posted by Miguel at October 30, 2009 1:09 PM

goodness, I love this blog.

Posted by j. at October 30, 2009 5:50 PM

And this is why you guys are my favorite music blog on the internets.

Posted by Carina at October 31, 2009 3:45 AM

amazing stories.

Posted by gil at November 1, 2009 10:25 PM

Wow, I am so excited for Hollows to release now! Surfer chick rock should absolutely make a comeback!

Posted by Heather Petersen at November 1, 2009 11:45 PM

Nice post! I have read through other posts on this blog and am glad I found it.

Posted by Sandy Springs Music at November 2, 2009 5:10 AM

I always thought of you as a 15 year old Catholic schoolgirl.

Posted by Jay Watts III at November 2, 2009 9:21 AM

I love your blog because I can relate really with all the music in here.

Posted by dominant violin strings at November 3, 2009 1:58 AM

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